I first noticed the wind because it looked like someone was trying to look up Daisy’s skirt…
One of our impossibly tall palms has endured an injury to its trunk and the top portion has tipped over… soon to be falling to the ground, I’m sure. Those suckers had finally gotten to a good height; one that shaded the back in the hot afternoons… and of course lightning had to hit it… or some blight took it. Or bugs. The insects are out of control around here; nearly every plant has something eating it… I’ve tried to be a good environmental steward, spreading no herbicides or pesticides… but the gloves are coming off and soon.
That small, red dotted area? South Miami, in all its puffed up splendor.
Yes, the same small Florida community that issued a moratorium on permits to cut down trees has voted to ask for a separation of Florida into two distinct states. Of course Tampa and the Orlando area would be in South Florida and everything else (mostly red to their blue) would be just plain Florida.
I didn’t get a shot at the Blood Moon a couple of days ago because of cloud cover. First it was cloudy, then party cloudy, after that cloudy with a chance of meatballs. The dang thing was always obscured.
This morning… well, here ’tis. Not quite a blood moon, but it still has that distinctive coppery color…
I renewed my hosting account yesterday, despite last year’s proclamation of doom. “Why?” I kept asking myself. I said why? as the link went to paypal and why? as I hit the button to pay and why? as I completed the transaction and returned to my billing account. Why?
Good question and there’s no real answer… unless maybe I just want to be able to post dog pictures.
Corgi butt alert!
I submitted a photo of Badger’s butt for the Corgi Butt Calendar (which is now available here) but she didn’t make the cut. Guess there are just too many good butts out there…
For anyone still dropping by… YsD and her significant other finally obtained unsupervised visitation of the children and are hoping for unification by Christmas. I’m happy for them.
Leaf remains. Who says I don’t have dead leaves for the Fall? Just thought it was cool…
Looks like it was dipped in gold when the sun hits it…
From the Florida Room, a.k.a. ‘Office': Bree strutting around wearing her bandanna and carrying a chewy. Used to take nothing but wonderful pictures of her but these days they all look like crap.
She’s a hoot. After I put the bandanna on -which she loves and was so damned happy about- I said “go show Daddy” and she ran right in to show him. Sometimes I think dogs are very smart and sometimes I think they’re dumber than chickens… but when it comes to human interaction, Breagha is a genius.
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I have to reload my hard drive. Fun and games, eh? Anything for a break from the Long Hot Summer. I’m almost ready to believe in glowball worming!
I love that this happens…
You can keep Patrick Stewart. Shatner’s the man. He’s 83, still working like a dog and loving it.
William Shatner is not just an actor — he’s working on a reality TV series, taking his one-man show back on tour in December and is busy promoting a Star Trek documentary he produced.
So how does the 83-year-old relax?
“Up until three weeks ago, horses,” Shatner said in a phone interview earlier this month from Los Angeles, referencing an accident that left him temporarily wheelchair-bound.
Of course this is spot on.
Actually, corgis are potent anti-depression medicine in small explosive packages. I find it impossible to really fall down that hole with Badger around; she clowns with her toys or just thumps over onto her back with a goofy expression and I laugh my butt off. Everyone should have one. Well, only nice people.
An invasive vine has surfaced, but it has such pretty yellow flowers I let it alone.
If you have 5 or 10 bucks lying around, please consider Jackson’s case.
See you later… and if you’re one of the lucky people already experiencing Autumn conditions… urgh.
If you’re like me, and never get to bundle up and drink hot chocolate… tramp around on crisp leaves… feel the bite of frosty air from a north wind… this is for you.
So many things about this bug the ever-loving shit out of me.
Bank of America Corp’s banking unit (BAC.N) agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed several hundred transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday.
The bank processed around $91,000 in transactions for six designated narcotics traffickers between 2005 and 2009, and failed to file timely reports on accounts owned by four others, the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said.
In announcing the settlement, OFAC said it determined that 79 transactions the bank processed after October 2006 constituted an “egregious” case, because the bank knew of a problem with its screening tool, but didn’t fix it until more than two years later.
OFAC said the bank could have faced a penalty larger than $83 million, but that it reduced the penalty because of the bank’s efforts to fix its problems, and because some of the transactions might have been eligible for an OFAC license.
Global banks have paid huge sums in recent years over allegations that they violated U.S. sanctions. Most recently, BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA) agreed to pay $8.9 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges that it violated U.S. sanctions on Sudan and other countries.
The bank’s crime? They “processed $91,000 in transactions for six designated narcotics traffickers between 2005 and 2009, and failed to file timely reports on accounts owned by four others”.
Reports? Were they supposed to allow these people to bank, or not? Some could and some they just needed to spy upon?? And hey, no wonder WE have to jump through hoops just to open accounts or take money out of them!
So, $91,000 in transactions add up to $16.6 million in fines. Oh, but it could have been $83 million! They cut the evil bank some slack. Because when you’re &%#$ someone up the $!& it’s a good idea to use a bit of lube.
I bet BofA thought all the billions it shovels out for ‘socially responsible’ programs would buy it a little goodwill. Ha! That $70 billion for ‘environmental sustainability’ looks pretty sad right now, too.
I’m fond of saying that corporations are made up of people. And you know what? So are governments. Maybe this $16.6 mill slush fund can help obummer’s new flock of potential voters coming in droves over the southern border?
Give it up; the socialists will never see you as anything more than inherently evil. And the rest of us don’t care. Bet your shareholders do, though… among which are many on the left.
Figure that one out.
Thesaurus.com now lists ‘obstructionist’ as right-winger.
Dictionary.com hasn’t gone completely round the bend yet. YET.
Welcome to the old theme. Thanks to a heads-up from Dave yesterday I (he) discovered that comments were gone. Like a bad magic act disappeared ‘em. So… what’s old is new again.
Yep, I’ve been absent… my head is up my own ass much too regularly to be healthy.